The greyish brown stem gives rise to stout branches with leaf scars. The young flush is bright red and often points upwards. Leaves are stiff and leathery, crowded terminally, oblong shaped, about 9-25 cm long and 3-9 cm broad, progressively tapered at the base and shortly pointed at the apex, veins occur in pairs and are predominantly impressed beneath. Hanging inflorescences arise on leafless nodes, about 10cm long, and contain male flowers in small clusters and few or solitary borne female flowers. The fruit is about 1cm, globose and 3 lobed, erected upwards, becoming brownish purple when mature, 4-5 seeded.
Understory species near waterways in forests up to 1300 m